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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Storage for Distress Ink Pads

Recently I shared how I made an ink pad storage box.  However, I outgrew it when I got several more distress ink pads.  I decided to make an ink pad holder specifically for Distress Inks and save the original box for the others.   I created the distress ink storage the same way as the previous one EXCEPT -
  1. For each small "cubby" I used a piece of card stock that measures 6 5/8" x 4 3/4".  
  2. Score each of the long edges at 7/8" from the edge.  
  3. Score each of the other two edges at 2 7/8" from the edge.
  4. Continue as for the previous one to make cubbys & glue them together.
I made my distress ink pad holder with 32 slots (4 columns, 8 high).  I had figured I'd make a little drawer to slide into the slot to hold sets of 4 minis, but I decided for the time being (until I have enough that I must consolidate the minis), to arrange my ink pads with similar colors in the same column - lightest to darkest.  For the minis, I created a "shim" to put in the back of the slot and keep the mini pad from sliding back too far where it would be harder to see & to reach.  I made these shims with scraps I had left over.  For each one:
  1. Cut a leftover piece to 3/4" by 9 1/2".  
  2. Score across this strip at 1 1/2", 4 1/4", 5 3/4" and 8 1/2", and creased each score line well.  
  3. Glue the first 1 1/2" part of the strip to the outside of the 1" strip at the other end, forming the edges of a rectangle. 
  4. This can then fit in the back of the slot so the mini's don't slide back too far.
After putting the first "shim" in a slot, I realized I wanted to make it easier to remove them if I rearranged my ink pads.  So, I took a small scrap (approx 1" by 1/2") and folded it in half to create a square.  I then glued one part of this to the inside of the middle of the shim, so it formed a "flag" sticking out from the front of the shim.  I could easily pull on this to remove the shim as needed.

Here's a picture of the shim before I added it to the slot:

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